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The "Dog Days" of Summer

I have never known heat until I moved to Texas! We are currently right in the middle of what is considered the Dog Days of Summer, a phrase started by the ancient Romans. These days are from around July 3rd through August 11th. These days are usually the hottest and longest due to the way the Earth tilts on its way around the sun. It also is when the star Sirius (the Dog star) which is part of the Great Dog constellation is visible in the Summer sky, thus the name. So w

Summer is here / Summer Activities

The days are longer, the temperatures are rising and as of a few days ago, it is officially Summer. Besides the family road trip there are a few things that personally mean summer to me. Chilled cucumbers with lemon and salt, my kids catching fireflies. This got me wondering, what are some other things that mean Summer? Here are a few responses I have received from friends and family: 1. Fresh watermelon. 2. Fireworks! 3. Sweet corn. 4. Margaritas!!! 5. Fresh tomatoes and

Summer Safety Tips

Temperatures are rising here in Texas and that means keeping cool in a safe way. Heat exhaustion can happen on a day at the lake, pool or even while running around town running errands. Below are some tips on preventing heat exhaustion from Web MD. Take it easy during the hottest part of the day. That is usually around 3pm. Drink plenty of fluids. Wear loose, light clothing. Never leave anyone in a parked car. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages with caffeine or alc